Monthly highlights

  • The Growth (Cbus MySuper) option returned 2.22% for the month of August and 3.21% for the 12 months ending 30 August 2020.
  • Australian and Global shares delivered returned of 0.21% and 5.64% (hedged) respectively.
  • The Reserve Bank of Australia left the cash rate unchanged at 0.25% in its meeting on 4 August. 

Super Investment Option Performance (crediting rate)


  Cash Savings Conservative Conservative Growth* Growth (Cbus MySuper) High Growth
1 month 0.01% 0.64% 1.44% 2.22% 3.41%
FYTD  0.01% 1.27% 2.21% 3.35% 4.89%
1 Year 0.56% 2.38% 3.01% 3.21% 4.77%
5 Years p.a. 1.40% 5.20% n/a 8.00% 9.33%
10 Years p.a. 2.17% 5.93% n/a 8.78% 9.80%
Funds managed ($m) 1,556.27 1,133.44 534.87 45,194.71 2,874.73

*The Conservative Growth accumulation option commenced on 6 July 2017.

Transition to Retirement Option Performance (crediting rate)


  Cash Savings* Conservative* Conservative Growth* Growth*
High Growth*
1 month 0.01% 0.64% 1.44% 2.17% 3.42%
FYTD  0.01% 1.27% 2.21% 3.27% 4.90%
1 Year 0.59% 2.42% 3.09% 3.49% 4.81%
5 Years p.a. n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
10 Years p.a. n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Funds managed ($m) 20.96 28.75 174.73 153.82 25.14

*These options commenced on 1 July 2017. 

Fully Retired Option Performance (crediting rate)


  Cash Savings Conservative Conservative Growth* Growth High Growth
1 month 0.01% 0.72% 1.47% 2.41% 3.79%
FYTD  0.01% 1.36% 2.41% 3.60% 5.42%
1 Year 0.71% 2.95% 3.63% 3.70% 4.98%
5 Years p.a. 1.75% 6.00% 7.76% 9.08% 10.44%
10 Years p.a. 2.63% 6.75% n/a 9.84% 10.95%
Funds managed ($m) 194.30 587.06 1,344.88 927.37 87.09

**The Conservative Growth Income Stream option commenced on 1 December 2013.

Market overview

In August Bonds have delivered very strong one month returns in especially in Australia but also at a global level. 

Share markets continue to be volatile. While the broader Australian share market delivered a smaller positive return, many major international markets had strong returns in August. The exceptions were Emerging Market and Australian Small Cap indices.

The RBA held cash rates at 0.25% in Australia at their September meeting and returns from Cash continue to be historically low. 

Asset allocation

The Strategic Asset Allocations for all investment options can be found on the following pages:

The Actual Allocation for the Growth (Cbus MySuper) option is shown below.


Actual allocation 30/8/2020 Growth (Cbus MySuper)
Australian shares 24.03%
Global market shares 22.13%
Emerging market shares 5.25%
Private equity 2.82%
Alternative growth 1.20%
Infrastructure 11.19%
Property 10.61%
Mid-risk alternatives 4.88%
Fixed interest 10.18%
Cash 7.72%
Growth / Defensive allocation split 68.76% / 31.24%

Note: Growth assets include Australian Shares, International Shares, Private Equity, Alternative Growth, 50% of Infrastructure, 50% of Property and 50% of Mid-Risk Alternatives. Defensive assets include Cash, Fixed Interest, 50% of Infrastructure, 50% of Property and 50% of Mid-Risk Alternatives.

Figures are subject to rounding. Actual asset allocation is current as at 31 July 2020. Asset classes are the building blocks of our investment options. We allocate different proportions to each asset class with the aim of meeting each option’s investment risk and return objective. By investing across a range of asset types, the risk of loss is reduced through diversification. 

For more information see asset classes.

We periodically review our investment strategy and believe that the Growth (Cbus MySuper) option is well positioned for growth over the medium to long term, while maintaining some defensive exposure. Cbus’ investment options, with the exception of the Cash Savings option, are broadly diversified across asset classes.



Investment type Market index

Australian shares

S&P ASX 300 Accumulation Index

Global shares – currency hedged

MSCI All Countries World Ex-Australia Index (Hedged, $A)

Global shares – currency unhedged

MSCI All Countries World Ex-Australia ($A)

Emerging markets – currency unhedged

MSCI Emerging Markets ($A)

Australian unlisted property

MSCI/IPD Australian Property Pooled Index

Australian bonds

Bloomberg AusBond Composite Bond Index

Global bonds

Citi World Government Bond Index (Hedged, $A)

Australian cash

Bloomberg AusBond Bank Bill Index


Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. All Cbus performance and return figures disclosed in this investment update are based on the crediting rate, which is the return minus investment fees, the taxes, and until 31 January 2020, the percentage-based administration fee. Excludes fees and costs that are deducted directly from members’ accounts.

The information is about Cbus. It doesn’t take into account your specific needs, so you should look to your own financial position, objectives and requirements before making any financial decisions. Read the Cbus Product Disclosure Statement to decide whether Cbus is right for you, or call  1300 361 784 for a copy.